Nintendo Partners With Pokemon Go Maker Niantic on Pikmin Mobile Game

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Nintendo stated on Tuesday it’s partnering with Pokemon Go app developer Niantic to create augmented actuality (AR) titles, with a Pikmin themed app launching this yr.

The partnership might breathe life into Nintendo’s stalled cell ambitions after the agency struggled to copy the enchantment of Pokemon Go, which turned a social phenomenon as avid gamers spilled onto the streets to “catch” Pokemon utilizing their telephones.

The primary cell adaptation of the long-running Pikmin franchise, through which customers direct hordes of plant-like Pikmin creatures to finish puzzles, is being developed by Niantic’s Tokyo studio, which was arrange in 2018.

“Niantic’s AR know-how has made it potential for us to expertise the world as if Pikmin are secretly residing throughout us,” veteran Nintendo video games creator Shigeru Miyamoto stated in an announcement.

The app “will make strolling extra enjoyable with Pikmin. It may be very totally different from Pokemon Go,” Tatsuo Nomura, head of Niantic’s Tokyo studio wrote in a Twitter publish.

Nintendo’s cell releases have underperformed and lagged the timeframe outlined by administration. Uncommon Nintendo-backed apps with components of play embrace toothbrushing app Pokemon Smile and upcoming sleep monitoring app Pokemon Sleep.

The Pikmin app is unlikely to “set the world on hearth like Pokemon did. Each grandparent is aware of Pokemon, however solely avid gamers know Pikmin,” stated Serkan Toto, founding father of sport business consultancy Kantan Video games.

San Francisco-based Niantic launched a Harry Potter themed app in 2019 however it has not reached the heights of Pokemon Go, which was developed with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Firm and left Nintendo with solely a small proportion of income.

The Kyoto-based gaming agency’s efforts to develop outdoors console gaming have been boosted final week by the belated opening of the Tremendous Nintendo World space at Osaka’s Common Studios Japan theme park.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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